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Video shows taxi driver helping protester escape police in Belarus – The Guardian

Clip showing movie-like pursuit and escape in Minsk spreads across social media

An unnamed Belarusian taxi driver who helped a man escape from riot police during protests against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko has transfixed social media users who have shared footage of the dramatic incident.

The 16-second video clip, filmed by a reporter, features a movie-like pursuit and escape that unfolded in a Minsk residential area on Wednesday evening as crowds protested against what they said was the illegitimate inauguration of Lukashenko.

The video shows a young man being chased by baton-wielding policemen in riot gear who then manages to jump into a taxi.

The taxi driver, who appeared to be waiting for the traffic lights to change, then apparently makes a split second judgment, zigzags around another car, briefly mounting the pavement before speeding away despite the angry shouts of the policemen.

Police in Belarus detained 364 people at anti-government protests on Wednesday, according to the country’s interior ministry. The protesters accuse Lukashenko, who has led his country for 26 years, of rigging the 9 August presidential election, a charge he denies.

Lukashenko, 66, was sworn in for a new term in an inauguration held without prior notice and denounced as illegitimate by the opposition, the European Union and the United States.

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Video: Rajon Rondo Seen Barely Excited, Walks Off Casually After Anthony Davis… – Lakers Daily

  • Updated: September 21, 2020

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While the vast majority of Los Angeles Lakers players and coaches jumped for joy in the moments immediately after Anthony Davis’ Game 2 buzzer-beater, veteran guard Rajon Rondo remained as cool as a cucumber.

The experienced guard was seen calmly walking across the court as his team celebrated the last-second 3-pointer on Sunday night.

What makes his calmness even more impressive is that Rondo had a pivotal impact on the game’s final play. After all, he was charged with inbounding the ball with just over two seconds left on the clock.

While the game’s final shot was initially assigned to LeBron James, Rondo made the decision to instead get the ball to Davis.

That decision was rewarded with a win and 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Rondo finished the night with three points, nine assists and four rebounds. While he has been fairly quiet statistically so far in the series, his impact has been felt on both sides of the court.

Rondo’s calmness following the game may be seen as a lack of excitement, but what it most likely represents is the one-time champion’s knowledge that a lot of work is left to be done.

After all, the Nuggets have already come back from two separate 3-1 series deficits to get to the conference finals. Though the Lakers are up 2-0 in the series, the last two wins surely will not come easily.

If the Lakers are able to get those two wins and advance to the 2020 NBA Finals, they’ll then have to face either the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, two highly talented and motivated teams.

If the Lakers are able to get six more postseason wins and claim a championship, then Rondo will likely finally feel he has earned the right to celebrate.

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Video shows huge alligator swimming in storm surge after Hurricane Sally hit – CBS News

Sally weakens to tropical depression

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Hurricane Sally didn’t just bring massive floods and downed power lines to the Gulf Coast — it also left a few natural dangers in its wake. Tina Bennett, who lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, shared video with CBS affiliate WKRG of a giant alligator swimming through the waters surging outside her residence after Sally made landfall on Wednesday.

“Oh my god, this is outside of our window!” Bennett can be heard saying in the video. “It is a 10 or 12-foot alligator!”  

Our yard on Plash Island in Gulf Shores We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakes

Posted by Tina Lambert Bennett on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

“We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakes,” she wrote on Facebook.  

WKRG-TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy, who shared the video, urged residents to shelter in place until flood waters receded because of the displaced wildlife and the downed power lines in Alabama.  

Meanwhile, Brittany Decker, a reporter with Birmingham’s WVTM-TV, also posted a photo of an eel swimming on the side of a highway in Orange Beach.

Eel swimming on the side of the road on Hwy 161 @WVTM13

— Brittany Decker (@BrittanyWVTM13) September 16, 2020

In Florida, Jason Garcia, a photographer for WKRG-TV, captured video of a floating island of fire ants in a flooded park in Pensacola.

There are all kinds of reasons to stay out of flood waters from Hurricane Sally and other storms on the Gulf Coast, snakes, gators, downed power lines. But there’s also a hidden hazard that could leave you burning for days, literally.

— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) September 15, 2020

Fire ant attacks can be  painful, causing huge white pus-filled sting marks, even causing entire limbs to swell.  In 2017, fire ants were seen forming giant rafts to survive Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“Sigh of relief”: Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina.

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In this image made from video, an alligator is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Moss Point, Miss.

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That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as storm surge pushed water over the grounds.

But this time, the storm slid east and spared the ranch.

“I’m thinking a sigh of relief somewhat,” said manager Tim Parker, who took over Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours in Moss Point after Katrina.

Earlier this week, forecasters said Hurricane Sally could push up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) of ocean water surging into the swamps and wetlands where the gators roam, floating them up and over the fences around the farm. As the hurricane moved east of Mississippi, the surge forecast was reduced to no more than 4 feet (1.2 meters).

Parker’s farm has alligators up to 14 feet long, roaming and swimming through ponds, sand dunes and tall marsh grass. Visitors can take air boat rides or walking paths to see the gators in their natural habitat and learn about the animals. It’s been around about 45 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Video shows students being dragged away and loaded onto police vans in Minsk – CNN

Minsk, Belarus (CNN)Authorities in Belarus have instigated a harsh crackdown on student protesters after thousands demonstrated against the government Tuesday, according to a local human rights group.

Videos shared on social media showed young people in Minsk being struck by masked police officers, dragged away and loaded into vans as their peers look on.
The detentions followed major protests by the young in the Belarusian capital, with around 3,000 to 5,000 students marching to the city’s Independence Square on Tuesday, according to Human Rights watchdog Viasna 96.
The square is a central location in Minsk and has played host to several anti-government protests over the past few weeks.
Unrest in Belarus erupted last month after President Alexander Lukashenko’s contested victory in an August 9 election that independent observers have criticized for not being free and fair.
Viasna 96 described the police response to the student protests as heavy handed. At least 40 people were detained following the demonstrations.
There was no immediate response from the country’s government to the protests but Lukashenko dismissed the demonstrations while visiting a university in the town of Baranovichi Tuesday.
“This will all pass,” he said. Lukashenko mocked reports that millions had joined the anti-government rallies.
“Listen, if there was a million people [on the streets], we wouldn’t be speaking with you now,” he said.
CNN has contacted the Belarussian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment but has yet to hear back.
Tens of thousands of people have protested against Lukashenko’s re-election in recent weeks.
The 66-year-old is often described as Europe’s last dictator. His victory has been followed by a major clampdown on press freedom amid the groundswell of protest.
Nineteen Belarusian journalists were stripped by government authorities of their accreditation to work for the BBC and other foreign media outlets last week, while two Associated Press reporters were deported from the country.
Last week a video broadcast by local news outlet TUT.BY shows at least eight armored tanks moving in a convoy in Minsk.
Mikalai Anishchanka reported from Minsk and Zamira Rahim wrote from London.

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Zoom Video, Apple, Kodak, Dow Futures – 5 Things You Must Know Tuesday – TheStreet

Here are five things you must know for Tuesday, Sept. 1:

1. — Stock Futures Rise as Wall Street Starts September

Stock futures were higher Tuesday after Wall Street closed out August with its fifth consecutive monthly gain.

Contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 22 points, S&P 500 futures gained 12 points and Nasdaq futures were up 126 points.

U.S. stocks closed mostly lower Monday with the Dow falling 227 points, or 0.8%, to 28,428, and the S&P 500 declining 0.2%. The Nasdaq rose 0.7% and closed at a record high on the back of gains in Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report and Tesla  (TSLA) – Get Report.

Despite the losses Monday, the Dow finished August with a gain of 7.6%, and the S&P 500 rose 7%, its best gain since 1986. The Nasdaq jumped 9.6% last month, the tech-heavy index’s best monthly performance since 2000.

Stocks have staged a remarkable recovery since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, led largely by tech shares and optimism over a reopening of the U.S. economy.

But with election season looming and coronavirus infections in the U.S. still ticking higher, the question is whether the stock market gains can be sustained as September begins.

“Well, 2020 has laughed at many of these things, but be aware September is indeed the worst month of the year on average,” explained LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “But what caught our attention was both September and October have a negative return during election years, with October the worst month of the year. Could investors get election jitters again in 2020?”

2. — Zoom Video Soars After Earnings Trounce Estimates

Zoom Video Communications  (ZM) – Get Report was rising 27.5% in premarket trading Tuesday to $414.50 after the video-conferencing app beat second-quarter estimates and raised its sales outlook.

For the quarter ended in July, Zoom reported total sales of $663.5 million, up 355% year over year and well ahead of analysts’ estimates  of $500 million. Adjusted earnings in the quarter were 92 cents a share, trouncing forecasts of 45 cents.

“Organizations are shifting from addressing their immediate business continuity needs to supporting a future of working anywhere, learning anywhere, and connecting anywhere on Zoom’s video-first platform,” said Zoom CEO Eric Yuan in a statement.

Zoom to the Moon

For the current quarter, Zoom, the poster child for stay-at-home stocks, expects total revenue of between $685 and $690 million and adjusted earnings of 73 cents or 74 cents a share. For the full fiscal year, Zoom raised its sales guidance to between $2.37 billion and $2.39 billion, representing a year-over-year increase of 281% to 284%, alongside per-share earnings of between $2.40 and $2.47. 

At the close of the second quarter, Zoom had 370,200 customers with more than 10 employees, up approximately 458% from the same quarter last fiscal year, and 988 customers contributing more than $100,000, up 112% year over year.

3. — Apple Plans to Build 75 Million 5G iPhones for Later This Year

Apple has asked suppliers to build at least 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year, roughly the same as last year, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the situation. 

The technology giant anticipates shipments of the next-generation iPhones may reach as high as 80 million units in 2020.

Apple plans to launch four new models in October featuring the 5G technology, with a different design and a wider choice of screen sizes, the people told Bloomberg.

The company also is preparing a new iPad Air, two new Apple Watch versions and over-the-ear headphones outside the Beats brand.

Apple’s iPhones still generate almost half of Apple’s sales, and that often tops 60% in the holiday season, Bloomberg noted. 

Previewing Apple’s Week: Approaching Catalysts 

Apple was rising 2.66% to $132.47 in premarket trading Tuesday. The stock closed at $129.04 on Monday, the first day Apple traded following is 4-for-1 stock split.

4. — Tuesday’s Calendar Highlights

The economic calendar in the U.S. Tuesday includes the IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI (final) for August at 9:45 a.m. ET, the ISM Manufacturing Index for August at 10 a.m. and Construction Spending for July at 10 a.m.

Earnings reports are expected Tuesday from At Home Group  (HOME) – Get Report, H&R Block  (HRB) – Get Report and Jamf Holding (JAMF).

5. — Kodak Surges as D.E. Shaw Purchases 5.2% Stake

Eastman Kodak  (KODK) – Get Report shares soared 38.63% to $8.29 in premarket trading Tuesday after hedge fund D.E. Shaw purchased a 5.2% stake in the company.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kodak said D.E. Shaw has bought 3.94 million shares of its stock.

The company, which now makes print and advanced materials and chemicals, received a letter of interest in July from the U.S. government, putting Kodak in line to receive a $765 million loan to boost production of a variety of pharmaceuticals.

But the loan was frozen amid allegations of wrongdoing and a reported investigation by the SEC.

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Latest On Mets Video Incident, Apologies From Brodie Van Wagenen & Mets Ownership – MLB Trade Rumors

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While Mets and Marlins players took part in a moving on-field statement before deciding to postpone tonight’s game, a bizarre incident was taking place behind the scenes that resulted in public statements being issued by, separately, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, Mets CEO and owner Fred Wilpon, his son and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, and league commissioner Rob Manfred.

Less than two hours prior to game time, when it was still publicly unclear whether or not the teams would play, a video featuring Van Wagenen making some off-the-record comments was accidentally streamed to the Mets’ official website.  Van Wagenen said that the Mets weren’t going to play, and expressed incredulity at an apparent suggestion from Manfred’s office via Jeff Wilpon that the Mets and Marlins make their protest as planned but then return to the field an hour later to play the game.  “And I said, ’Jeff, that’s not happening. These guys are not playing.’….But that’s Rob’s instinct and Rob…at the leadership level, he doesn’t get it.  He just doesn’t get it,” Van Wagenen said on the video.

Details about how the video was mistakenly uploaded (or perhaps leaked, as Newsday’s Tim Healey noted that the 70-minute video was blank other than a few minutes that included Van Wagenen’s comments) remain scarce, though they naturally sent a storm of controversy around the baseball world.  Shortly after the Mets and Marlins left the field, the general manager released a statement saying he erred in thinking the idea came from Manfred.  Van Wagenen’s full statement:

Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play.  They discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later.  I misunderstood that this was the Commissioner’s idea.  In actuality, this was Jeff’s suggestion.  The players had already made their decision so I felt the suggestion was not helpful.  My frustration with the Commissioner was wrong and unfounded.  I apologize to the Commissioner for my disrespectful comments and poor judgement in inaccurately describing the contents of his private conversation with Jeff Wilpon.”

In a later interview with the New York Post and other media outlets, Van Wagenen expanded on his apology to include the Mets players.  “This conversation is about the players making a statement,” Van Wagenen said.  “This conversation is about recognizing the pain and the anguish that black people are experiencing every day in this country.  The fact that I’ve put myself and this organization in the conversation in a way that takes away from the real point, I’m disappointed in myself…and I accept responsibility for that.

For his part, Manfred released his own statement later, with the Commissioner stating:

Over the past two days, players on a number of Clubs have decided not to play games.  I have said both publicly and privately that I respect those decisions and support the need to address social injustice.  I have not attempted in any way to prevent players from expressing themselves by not playing, nor have I suggested any alternative form of protest to any Club personnel or any player.  Any suggestion to the contrary is wrong.

Adding to the surreal nature of the hot mic incident were a pair of statements from the Wilpons, which each included misspellings of Van Wagenen’s first name.

From Fred Wilpon: “I am very stressed and disappointed to learn tonight that our General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, made disrespectful and inaccurate comments about our Commissioner, a long-time close friend of mine.  I hold Rob in the highest regard and in no way are Brody’s remarks reflective of my views or the organization’s. Rob continues to be a great leader of Major League Baseball.  I apologize for any harm this incident has caused Rob.”

From Jeff Wilpon: “To clear up any misunderstandings, it was my suggestion to potentially look into playing the game later because of scheduling issues.  Brody’s misunderstanding of a private conversation was and is inexcusable.  We fully respect our players and the Marlins players decision to not play tonight and appreciate the sincerity of all those who wish to draw attention to social injustices and racial inequalities that must be addressed.  The entire Mets organization remains committed to creating meaningful change in our society.

This situation has only intensified speculation that Van Wagenen’s days in the GM role may be numbered, even with New York still in the NL wild card race with a 13-16 record.  Van Wagenen’s contract runs through the 2022 season, though his future is thought to be uncertain given that the Wilpon family is preparing to sell the franchise (final bids are due by Monday) and a new ownership group might very well prefer to make its own pick for the general manager job.  The Mets had a solid 86-76 record in 2019, Van Wagenen’s first season running the Mets’ front office, but his tenure has been marked with the off-the-field drama that has come to define the team under the Wilpons’ ownership.

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BTS video ‘Dynamite’ breaks YouTube record for most views in 24 hours – CNN

(CNN)Korean pop stars BTS have made history after the group’s new single “Dynamite” became the best-ever 24-hour debut of a music video on YouTube with more than 100 million views.

The world’s biggest K-pop group released the highly anticipated visuals for the record on Friday and, of course, the views soared.
By the end of the first day, “Dynamite” had racked up 101.1 million views to become the most-viewed music video premiere on YouTube.
The incredible feat means that BTS has now dethroned fellow K-pop band Blackpink, who previously held the record for their song “How You Like That.” The music single had 86.3 million views within 24 hours of its release in June.
BTS is comprised of Kim Tae-hyung (better known as V), Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope), Kim Nam-joon (RM), Kim Seok-jin (Jin), Park Ji-min, Jeon Jung-kook, and Min Yoon-gi (Suga).
As of Monday morning, “Dynamite” had amassed more than 178 million YouTube views.
“Dynamite” marks BTS’s first single sung completely in English. The nearly four-minute video keeps things light with colorful and bright scenes featuring the seven members with retro concept props, hairstyles and attire.
According to a press release, “The song aims to bring a new surge of much-needed ‘energy’ to reinvigorate the global community in the midst of Covid-19.”
“Dynamite” was released ahead of BTS’s upcoming album which is expected to arrive later this year. They released their fourth album, “Map of the Soul: 7” in February.
BTS is set to sing “Dynamite” at a premiere performance during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.

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BTS’s ‘Dynamite’ Video Obliterates YouTube Premiere Record – Forbes

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, V, Jin, and SUGA of the K-pop … [+] boy band BTS visit the “Today” Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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BTS just released their new single, “Dynamite,” ending the wait for one of the most highly anticipated songs of 2020. How highly anticipated, you ask? Well, the song’s dazzling music video just obliterated the record for the biggest premiere in YouTube history, leaving the runner-up in the dust.

The “Dynamite” video got off to an, ahem, explosive start, with millions of people tuning in to watch when it went live at midnight EST. The video premiere attracted at least 3 million concurrent viewers, according to YouTube’s live counter, and a refresh immediately following the premiere showed the view count at just over 4 million. Exact figures are not available yet, but a live view count between 3 and 4 million easily gives BTS the biggest YouTube premiere ever, potentially doubling the former record holder.

Prior to the release of “Dynamite,” Korean pop girl group Blackpink held the record for the biggest premiere in YouTube history. The quartet snatched the crown less than two months ago with its trap-inflected new single “How You Like That,” which drew 1.65 million concurrent viewers. At the time, Blackpink was breaking a record that BTS had set back in February, when the “On” music video premiered with 1.54 million concurrent viewers.

“How You Like That” also set the record for the biggest 24-hour YouTube debut for a music video with 86.3 million first-day views, once again usurping BTS, who previously set the record with the Halsey-assisted “Boy with Luv” (74.6 million). BTS fans are hopeful they can snatch the 24-hour debut record back, and while it’s too early to make any concrete predictions, they’re off to an excellent start. At the time of this writing, “Dynamite” has racked up approximately 14.5 million views in its first 40 minutes, adding another million views every few minutes.

These early metrics also bode well for BTS’s prospects on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Fans are determined to help the group score its first No. 1 hit, mobilizing to buy and stream “Dynamite” en masse. These efforts, along with a massive nationwide radio push, give BTS a strong chance of earning their first Hot 100 chart-topper. If the record-breaking premiere for “Dynamite” serves as any indication, BTS’s infectious new single will be making a lot of history over the next week.


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Video, Transcript: Bernie Sanders’ Remarks At The DNC – NPR

In remarks Monday night, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for an “unprecedented response” to defeat President Trump and elect Joe Biden. Here are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Good evening. Our great nation is now living in an unprecedented moment.

We are facing the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. We are confronting systemic racism and the enormous threat to our planet of climate change. And, in the midst of all of this, we have a president who is not only incapable of addressing these crises but is leading us down the path of authoritarianism.

This election is the most important in the modern history of this country. In response to the unprecedented crises we face, we need an unprecedented response—a movement, like never before, of people who are prepared to stand up and fight for democracy and decency—and against greed, oligarchy, and bigotry.

And we need Joe Biden as our next president.

Let me take this opportunity to say a word to the millions who supported my campaign this year and in 2016. My friends, thank you for your trust, your support, and the love you showed Jane, me, and our family.

Together we have moved this country in a bold new direction showing that all of us—Black and white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, native born and immigrant—yearn for a nation based on the principles of justice, love, and compassion. Our campaign ended several months ago, but our movement continues and is getting stronger every day. Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered “radical,” are now mainstream. But, let us be clear, if Donald Trump is re-elected, all the progress we have made will be in jeopardy.

Defending Democracy

At its most basic, this election is about preserving our democracy. During this president’s term, the unthinkable has become normal. He has tried to prevent people from voting, undermined the U.S. Postal Service, deployed the military and federal agents against peaceful protesters, threatened to delay the election and suggested that he will not leave office if he loses. This is not normal, and we must never treat it like it is.

Under this administration authoritarianism has taken root in our country. I, and my family, and many of yours, know the insidious way authoritarianism destroys democracy, decency, and humanity. As long as I am here, I will work with progressives, with moderates, and, yes, with conservatives to preserve this nation from a threat that so many of our heroes fought and died to defeat.

The Pandemic

This president is not just a threat to our democracy, but by rejecting science, he has put our lives and health in jeopardy. Trump has attacked doctors and scientists trying to protect us from the pandemic, while refusing to take strong action to produce the masks, gowns, and gloves our health care workers desperately need.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Trump golfs. His actions fanned this pandemic resulting in over 170,000 deaths and a nation still unprepared to protect its people.

The Economic Crisis

Furthermore, Trump’s negligence has exacerbated the economic crisis we are now experiencing.

Since this pandemic began, over 30 million people have lost their jobs and many have lost their health insurance. Millions of working families are wondering how they’ll feed their kids and worried that they will be evicted from their homes.

And how has Trump responded? Instead of maintaining the $600 a week unemployment supplement that workers were receiving, and the $1,200 emergency checks that many of you received, instead of helping small businesses—Trump concocted fraudulent executive orders that do virtually nothing to address the crisis while threatening the very future of Social Security and Medicare.

Trump the Fraud

My friends, the American people have caught on that this president and his administration are, to put it bluntly, frauds.

In 2016, Trump promised he would stand with working families. He said that he would “drain the swamp,” take on Wall Street and powerful special interests. He would protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and, by the way, he would provide health care to “everybody.” Well. None of it was true.

Instead, he filled his administration with billionaires and gave trillions to the top 1 percent and large corporations. He tried to throw 32 million people off of their health insurance, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, and submitted budgets that proposed slashing Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Joe Biden

But the truth is that, even before Trump’s negligent response to this pandemic, too many hard-working families have been caught on an economic treadmill with no hope of ever getting ahead. Together we must build a nation that is more equitable, more compassionate and more inclusive.

I know that Joe Biden will begin that fight on day one.

Let me offer you just a few examples of how Joe will move us forward.

Joe supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. This will give 40 million workers a pay raise and push the wage scale up for everyone else.

Joe will also make it easier for workers to join unions, create 12 weeks of paid family leave, fund universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year olds, and make child care affordable for millions of families.

Joe will rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and fight the threat of climate change by transitioning us to 100 percent clean electricity over the next fifteen years. These initiatives will create millions of good paying jobs all across the country.

As you know, we are the only industrialized nation not to guarantee health care for all people. While Joe and I disagree on the best path to get to universal coverage, he has a plan that will greatly expand health care and cut the cost of prescription drugs. Further, he will lower the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 to 60.

To help reform our broken criminal justice system Joe will end private prisons and detention centers, cash bail, and the school to prison pipeline.

And to heal the soul of our nation, Joe Biden will end the hate and division Trump has created. He will stop the demonization of immigrants, the coddling of white nationalists, the racist dog whistling, the religious bigotry, and the ugly attacks on women.

My friends, I say to you, to everyone who supported other candidates in the primary and to those who may have voted for Donald Trump in the last election: The future of our democracy is at stake. The future of our economy is at stake. The future of our planet is at stake. We must come together, defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president. My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.

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MTV Video Music Awards Opt Out Of Indoor Event At Barclays Center After Health Warnings – Deadline

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards have decided against holding an indoors event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Instead, it will stage a series of outdoor performances in various NYC boroughs.

The show will still be held on Aug. 30. The outdoors shows will take place in front of limited or no audiences.

“In close consultation with state and local health officials‎, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,” said an MTV statement. “The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.”

The New York Post’s Page Six reported that some staffers said they did not feel safe with an indoors show.

Keke Palmer will host the show, with performances scheduled from K-pop group BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga have the most nominations with nine apiece, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who each have six nominations.

It would’ve marked the first time the show has been at Barclays since 2013.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally confirmed the date and venue Monday during one of his regular briefings about the pandemic. During the governor’s brief mention of the event, one of his prepared slides declared, “The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”

MTV later confirmed the plan in a press release, asserting that “the health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance.”

Producers of the show, in co-operation with Barclays management, “have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved,” the release noted. Precautionary measures will include social distancing procedures, capacity limitations and the “virtualization of components where possible.”

The release said details and potential options will be released at a later date, “based on the science and data in New York.”

The VMAs have been held in the New York area for the past couple of years, hitting Newark, NJ last year after Radio City Music Hall in 2018.

New York City faced the worst of the early weeks of COVID-19, with total deaths exceeding 800 a day in April, taxing hospitals and emergency resources, but the tide has turned recently. As the rest of the nation copes with a major surge in COVID-19, New York is headed the other direction.

While other public events scheduled in the city and the restart of restaurant table service have been focused on outdoor events, the VMAs would have been one of the first major indoor events.

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